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#3 - Tackling textiles

Posted on 4 January 2019

According to WRAP, every year an estimated 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK and non-biodegradable clothes, such as polyester and nylon can take between 20 and 200 years to fully biodegrade.

What are textiles?

When we talk about textiles, we are referring to a wide range of fabrics including:

  • clothing
  • bed linen and blankets
  • table linen
  • curtains
  • bags and belts
  • shoes (paired)

If you want to make a New Year’s resolution this year, why not aim to tackle your textiles:

1. Repair – Why not make it your resolution to take up sewing. You don’t have to be an expert with a needle and thread! Learning to sew on a button, sew up a seam or hem some trousers could save a trusty wardrobe staple and give it a new lease of life.

2. Reuse – If something you love can’t be repaired, why not turn it into something new? There are lots of handy tutorials online to inspire you and get you started on a new project. Why not try…. ‘how to make an apron from second hand textiles’, ‘making a cushion from a jumper’ or ‘how to make a small zipped bag or pencil case from upcycled fabric’.

3. Recycle – If all else fails and your textiles are beyond repair or reuse then you can take them to a textiles bank at your local Household Waste Recycling Site or nearest bring bank site. Clothes and shoes that still have some life left in them will be sorted and sent for reuse. Old, well-worn or torn textiles will be recycled by shredding and used in the ‘flocking’ industry as car seat fillers. The only items not accepted are pillows, duvets, carpets and rugs.

We will be focusing more on ‘tackling textiles’ over the next few months, so stay tuned.